If you shell out big dollars to go and see a band play live, you sort of expect to see their regular lineup, right? Well, The Killers’ recent lineup changes have been in the news a bit lately, with frontman Brandon Flowers now stating that he hopes fans will still enjoy their live shows regardless.
Last month, we reported on how only half of The Killers are actually still part of the touring lineup, with bassist Matt Stoermer and guitarist Dave Keuning announcing that they are going to sit out future tours.
Now, in an interview with The Daily Star, Brandon Flowers and drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr have spoken about the group’s current touring arrangement.
“There was no real perfect way to handle it,” Brandon Flowers admitted. “I hope that people come to the gigs and aren’t let down because a lot of heart is still going into these shows and a lot of blood, sweat and tears went into this album.”
Likewise, drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr made it clear that this lineup change is only in the live setting, and has no bearing on music in the studio, or in terms of the group’s future together. “The well has not run dry,” Vannucci Jr stated. “Five years is a long time between albums, I look at the work other bands put out, maybe we haven’t done enough.”
With The Killers set to touch down in Australia in just over a week for a quick stopover which will see them play the AFL Grand Final and the free afterparty, the group have also announced a full-scale Aussie tour for next year.
At this stage, it seems as though the core live members of Brandon Flowers and Ronnie Vannucci Jr are set to be joined by Jake Blanton on bass and Ted Sablay on guitar for upcoming gigs, so it looks like fans have missed their last chance to see the full lineup of The Killers in the flesh.
The Killers are also set to release their new record, Wonderful, Wonderful on Friday, check out dates for their upcoming tour, along with their newest single, ‘Some Kind Of Love’, below.
The Killers Australian Tour 2018
Friday, April 27th, 2018
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday, April 28th, 2018
Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday, May 1st, 2018
Perth Arena, Perth, WA
Friday, May 4th, 2018
Hisense Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets on sale Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017
Also appearing at the Virgin Australia Premiership Party
Saturday, September 30th, 2017
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, VIC